Coffee Does What?

Coffee Does What?

Research shows that coffee benefits those who drink it.
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It’s always a back and forth argument on whether something is good for you or bad for you. One day it’s discovered that something is good for you, and then a year or so later, it’s bad for you. For all you coffee drinkers, today is your lucky day.

CNN posted an article recently that will make everyone jump out of their seat and go running for the nearest Starbucks. Carina Storrs reported that coffee could literally (yes, literally) be a lifesaver. Yup, lifesaver.

The article said that after completing 37 studies since 2013, it was discovered that coffee could lower your mortality risk. I am sipping on coffee as I write this and I can already feel my life span lengthening.

The article attributed the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that said coffee can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle, as long as a person stays within three to five cups per day. This article was the best because it included news about coffee throughout the centuries. Please enjoy while making yourself another cup of joe.

Coffee was created by an Ethiopian man in the 1500s who found his goats eating green leaves and red berries, then followed in his goats’ footsteps and tried the combination. If that’s how great things are created, you can count me out.

A 1600s headline stated that coffee cures all (as an avid coffee drinker, I most definitely believe this). It said it could solve coughs, headaches, stomachaches, and help digestion. I have found that lack of coffee tends to lead to headaches, but as soon as the heaven-sent liquid is swallowed, my headache magically goes away.

A 1700s headline said coffee makes you work longer. I don’t think anyone can deny that. It can be enjoyed in the morning to help a person wake up, in the afternoon to stimulate people to get through the day, and at night, particularly for college students desperately needing to stay awake to cram for a test the night before. Needless to say, yes, coffee seems to make people get stuff done.


In the mid-1800s, it was reported that there was a coffee shortage. I don’t even want to discuss this tragic occurrence. Let’s move on.

There were the basic rumors that coffee makes you go blind, stunts your growth, gives kids bad grades, and makes blood pressure rise similar to that of a heart attack. If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. Same.

Between the years of 2007 and 2013, research showed that coffee can reduce the risk of some cancers and strokes.

Now, in 2015, coffee can make you live longer. This news is great for anyone who drinks coffee. This news is great for anyone who doesn’t drink coffee because it gives them a reason to start. Enjoy your latte while on your way to work—and start planning what you want to do with your extra time alive.


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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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The 5 Types of Retail Customers

A run-down on the many forms of customers you either encounter as a retail employee or are guilty of being.

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We all get summer jobs or seasonal jobs at some place to get that extra cash when we find ourselves broke after spending $300+ on Ubers/Lyfts in under a month (possibly speaking from personal experience). This in turn led me to broaden my job searching horizons and led me to work at a fast food chain that goes by the name of 'Salsaritas' (ironic since my nickname is Salsa, also was not intentional) and currently a retail store at a local mall. So, I guess it's safe to say that I have come across a lot of different people with a whole lot of personality. Working in these types of industries, it can sometimes be really hard and pretty interesting. So voila, here we go:

1. The Always Angry Customer

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This is the customer that is constantly angry. They walk in pissed off and they want everyone else to know that they are pissed off. This type of customer also uses at least one of these following sentences: "Let me talk to your manager. Who's your manager?" or the "How long have you been working here for?" Honestly, there's not much you can do to help them other than try to just do what they ask for and get them the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

2. The Messy Customer

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Easily one of the most annoying types of customers (sorry). This person will walk and run their hands through an entire counter or rack full of perfectly folded clothes, unfold them, and then just leave them on the counter or on the floor. They also have the "it's fine, it's their job to fold them" mentality. Honestly though, how hard is it to put a jacket or shirt back on a hanger? And if you're this type of customer please, please, please, put what you found back where it came from. Sincerely, every retail employee ever.

3. The Super Nice Customer

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This customer is god-send and thank god that they exist. They are the ones who you can just tell are genuinely good people. New at work and don't know how the hell to ring up a customer at a register? No worries, they'll wait there patiently, smile at you, and occasionally tell you that "you're doing great sweetie." They treat you like you're not just a retail employee and at the end of the day, you just wanna give them a hug for making your day feel less shitty.

4. The Talkative Customer

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There's two parts to this one. This type of customer is either talking on the phone while you're ringing them up at the register or is just trying to get to know literally everything there is to know about you. If they're on the phone, it's impossible to know if they're responding to you or to the person who they're on the phone with. The worst part is when they hold up one finger to signal to you that they'll be just a minute and leave you to just awkwardly stand in front of them while trying not to listen to their entire conversation. The other part is when they just want to get to know you which is cute and all until they're just trying to analyze your entire background, where you're from, what you're studying, etc. Luckily if you're like me who wasn't born in the U.S. with a very ethnic name, you just scored yourself a talkative customer. Well done and good luck getting out of the conversation!

5. The Last Minute Customer

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Imagine that you just did an 8 hour shift and right when you're about to clock out and head out to go home, you see a customer walking in literally a minute or two before the whole mall is about to close. They'll probably ask you if you're about to close even though they can see that there's not a single person inside there other than you. They'll also probably tell you that they know exactly what they're looking for. It's never true and get ready for that OT. But hey, on the bright-side, you'll get a fat pay-check.


So, the next time you find yourself at a mall...Remind yourself to pick up something you might've accidentally dropped, keep in mind that workers are human beings too, and kindness goes a long way because at the end of the day, that employee could be one of your loved ones.

Until next time,

Salsa.


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